Dre Russ show powers Rajshahi emphatic victory

Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019

Match 18

Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

Rajshahi Royals vs Khulna Tigers

Khulna Tigers : 146/9 in 20 overs (Shamsur 55, Russouw 35, Frylinck 31; Russell 4/37, Bopara 2/20, Rabbi 2/23)

Rajshahi Royals : 149/3 in 18 overs (Liton 58, Russell 28*, Afif 22; Shahidul 1/23, Frylinck 1/39)

Result : Rajshahi Royals won by 7 wickets.

Player of the Match : Andre Russell.

Skipper Andre Russell led his side from the front as Rajshahi Royals defeated Rajshahi Royals in a one-sided encounter at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Rajshahi chased down Khulna’s 146 with 2 overs remaining and move to the second spot on the points table with 6 points.

Royal’s chase to the target of 147 was looked easy from the start as new opening pair Liton Kumar Das and Afif Hossain made an 75-run stand in 8.5 overs. Afif scored 22 before got run out. Liton was the next man to be dismissed before scoring 52 off 44balls.

Player of the match Andre Russell and Ravi Bopara sealed the match for the Royals with ease with their unbeaten 32-run fourth wicket partnership. Russell was remained not out on 28 while Bopara was on 13. Shahidul Islam and Robbie Frylinck shared one wicket each.

Earlier Khulna Tigers started their inning with a batting collapse after losing 4 wickets for just 29 runs. Shamsur Rahman then scored an gutsy fifty to help his side posting a fighting total. Rillie Rossouw and Frylinck also made valuable contributions with two 30-plus knocks as Khulna managed to post 146 for 9 after 20 overs. Russell was the standout performer with the ball as he picked up 4 wickets for 37.